This sounds like a running theme this summer but I have to apologize for being MIA. Summer is my favorite holiday and I associate hanging outside and enjoying carefree summer days. Unfortunately, the opposite was true for me as this summer has been nothing close to carefree and I've been stuck inside (literally). My twitter friends know that I've complained of car issues. It sucked when I didn't know whether or not I'd be able to leave after a long work shift. Starting my car brought anxiety and several occasions I had to cancel plans because my car wasn't cooperating.
Summer is soon coming to an end and fortunately, my car woes are slowly being sorted out so I can focus on other things... Which brings me to my favorite luxury beauty brand. If you follow my blog, you know I'm a big fan of Burberry beauty. One of my favorite products is their Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, which I don't use as a base but as a liquid highlighter. This summer Burberry came out with a pressed version of Fresh Glow (yay for travel-friendly products!) as well as a bronzed version in both liquid and powder formulation. I love the original liquid version of Fresh Glow so naturally I went with its powdered counterpart, Nude Radiance No. 01. I tried the bronzed version which was pretty, but had a slight metallic-y sheen that's just not me.
The powdered highlighter comes housed in the typical Burberry etched gunmetal casing. It comes in a Burberry-checked velvet pouch that has a pocket for the included square, flat brush. Like other Burberry products that come with brushes (ex. Blushes), this one is usable. I don't typically use the brushes that come with my makeup except for those by Burberry and Chanel. This brush is perfect for this highlighter as its flat top acts somewhat like a fan brush and allows me to precisely apply highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones as well as down the bridge of my nose. The brush is soft and not scratchy, and best of all, has densely-packed bristles that allow me to buff out harsh lines and ensure the highlighter is well-blended. Can you tell I love this brush? Onto the product...
The powder, like all Burberry powders and blushes, is very fine-milled and once applied on my cheeks, sinks in to become one with my skin. I don't usually wear powdered highlighters because they tend to emphasize my pores, which I don't need any attention on. This highlighter, which has a pearlescent-pink color, adds light where I want it without any arrows pointing to my pores, and is buildable from a slight sheen to more prominent highlighting.
I already foresee myself hitting pan on this product. I will note that the included brush will make mini dents in the Burberry-checked powder because it is dense. Using a soft, fluffy brush will preserve the embossed design, but this product is so beautiful that I don't know how you could preserve the checked pattern.
Bottom Line: I absolutely adore this product and highly recommend this to anyone looking for an easy-to-use and travel friendly highlighter. I bought this at Nordstrom for $48 (10g, 0.35oz).